State Laws and Legislation

South Carolina Adoption Law

Permits single LGBT individuals to petition to adopt? Yes.
The state permits any South Carolina resident to petition to adopt. S.C. CODE ANN. § 20-7-1670.

Permits a same-sex couple to jointly petition to adopt? No explicit prohibition.
There is no explicit prohibition, but no state court has heard the issue of whether same-sex couples can or can not jointly petition to adopt.

Permits a same-sex partner to petition to adopt partner’s child or child of the relationship? No explicit prohibition.
There is no explicit prohibition, and no state court has the issue of whether a same-sex partner can or can not petition to adopt a partner’s child or child of the relationship.


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Last Updated: 12/14/2009  

Updated: Mon, December 14, 2009 - 12:00:14